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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp back online after massive outage — what we know

Update: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus VR are back online as of 6:10 p.m. ET.

The dust has settled after Facebook’s six-plus-hours-long outage yesterday, October 4. As the social media giant’s blue website went down, so did Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus VR. 

The company blames what it calls a “faulty configuration change.” Essentially, the routers that chauffer people’s web requests went offline. This had a rippling effect that brought down all facets of the entire company. A source told NBC News that employees couldn’t even get into conference rooms as scanning ID cards all go through the same system. 

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